UN Finds “Credible Evidence” MbS Ordered Khashoggi Murder; Shocking Audio Detailed


19-06-19 05:20:00,

A United Nations expert and special rapporteur has submitted a 101-page report calling on UN secretary-general António Guterres to initiate a “follow-up criminal investigation” after finding “sufficient credible evidence” that the grisly Oct. 2 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was on the direct orders of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and other high level officials. 

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, described in her report that Khashoggi was the “victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law”.

The report, the culmination of a six month investigation, said further: “Indeed, this human rights inquiry has shown that there is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the crown prince demanding further investigation,” according to FT.

Callamard was granted rare access to a number of the recordings of conversations inside the consulate – during and surrounding the murder – which involved Khashoggi’s body likely being hacked up, according to prior reports. 

“The Turkish authorities undoubtedly have more information and intelligence about events in the Saudi Consulate than they were willing or able to share with the inquiry,” the report said.

However, the new UN report contains more shocking details from the recordings concerning the gruesome manner of Kashoggi’s death. According to a CNN summary of this section of the report:

According to the report  which cites evidence from Turkish and other intelligence agencies  after entering the consulate, Khashoggi was injected with a sedative and then his head put inside a plastic bag and suffocated.

It quotes an audio recording from inside the consulate, in which Khashoggi is heard being told he will be taken to Saudi Arabia.

“We will have to take you back. There is an order from Interpol,” a Saudi man tells the journalist, who replies that “there isn’t a case against me” and warns them that people are waiting for him outside the consulate.

The men instruct Khashoggi to write a text message to his son, and argue over what he should say before a voice says,

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West Finds New Anti-China Puppet in Wake of Thai Elections | New Eastern Outlook


08-04-19 01:38:00,


Western political meddling abroad faced another serious setback – this time in the Southeast Asian country of Thailand.

With a population of 70 million people, the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia, and transforming into a key regional partner for Beijing and its One Belt, One Road initiative, the US and its partners sought to propel opposition parties into power during recent elections held in March.

However, the military-linked Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) won the popular vote, delivering US-backed opposition parties their first serious defeat at the polls since rising to power in 2001.

The US-backed Thai opposition is led by fugitive billionaire, ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He was ousted from power in 2006 after a series of corruption scandals, human rights abuses, and attempts to illegally consolidate power.

Shinawatra has since attempted to return to power through a series of nepotist proxies including his sister Yingluck Shinawatra who served as prime minister from 2011-2014 until likewise being ousted by judicial and military intervention.

In addition to Thaksin Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai political party, he also maintains a violent street front known as the “red shirts,” and is bolstered by US-funded nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), “student activist” groups, and extensive support throughout the Western corporate media.

In the most recent election, Shinawatra divided his political forces into multiple parties in a hedging strategy meant to preserve at least one party against disbanding for serving illegally as the fugitive’s proxies.

In addition to Pheu Thai, Shinawatra also fielded Thai Raksa Chart, Pheu Tham, Pheu Chart, and Future Forward.

US Finds “New” Proxy in “Future Forward” 

While Pheu Thai and other parties are openly run by Shinawatra as proxies, the latter – Future Forward – has attempted to claim it is not a nominee party.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

The party – headed by billionaire Thanathorn Jungrungreangkit (normally referred to as Thanathorn) – not only promotes an identical agenda of removing Thailand’s military from politics – thus paving Shinawatra’s return to power – it literally established its party headquarters next door to Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party. It includes various pro-Shinawatra politicians in its party, and was promoted by Shinawatra’s Thai Raska Chart (TRC) party as a nominee after TRC’s disbanding ahead of elections.

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UN Investigation Finds “Genocidal Intent” in Myanmar

UN Investigation Finds “Genocidal Intent” in Myanmar

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After 10,000 Rohingya deaths and hundreds of thousands of exiles, a new United Nations report has found signs of “genocidal intent” in Myanmar, where the military has been persecuting the Rohingya Muslim minority.

The UN is calling for trials in the case of the prime offenders, including a group of generals — Soe Win, Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung and Than Oo — as well as the commander-in-chief.

Advocates have been warning that the situation in Myanmar appears to be approaching “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide,” but this report codifies the work of an independent fact-finding commission for the international community.

The members of the team have worked for over a year to document activities in Myanmar and beyond, and their evidence collection includes interviews as well as visual records. Their report was filed without official access to Myanmar, as the government refused to cooperate.

While international leaders may have had an excuse for failing to act before these atrocities came to light, this document puts pressure on them to hold Myanmar’s government and military accountable for continued human rights abuses.

The military has been claiming for years that it is engaged in routine operations to protect national security. Human rights advocates — and now the UN — maintain that this is clearly not the case. Instead, the Rohingya are being subjected to a targeted campaign of harassment and murder.

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Myanmar’s military is burning down villages,

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